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He carried on

his conversation

all along my body

 

in a language I could scarcely

 

understand.

 

The word for

hand. The word

for

 

Hold on there!

 

Helped himself,

my tutor

in the silent schoolday

 

hours

 

as the sun, ungreening

the October leaves,

 

drew boys

 

with footballs

out of doors.

 

 

 

Leland Seese and his wife, Lisa Konick, live in Seattle, where they are foster-adoptive-bio parents of six wonderful children. Mr. Seese holds degrees from the University of Washington (BA, English) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv). His poems have appeared in The Skylark Review, The Nassau Review, The Christian Century, and many other journals.

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